“Thanks for your patience and help!” the woman, a stranger, said while standing with me at the counter.
I didn’t know her name at the time. She just happened to be in the Le Creuset store when I arrived. Since we shared an interest in high quality cookware, our ability to engage in conversation evolved naturally. It’s something I’ve come to expect and enjoy during my regular visits to this culinary haven in Park City, and on this occasion for good reason, was about to become a unique learning opportunity.
I was talking with this new acquaintance, Krista Parkinson, about the wonderful features of Le Creuset’s newer line of hardened, nonstick cookware, just before she was ready to buy a couple of enamel-coated, cast iron pieces. Her only complaint about her selected items was their heft. Those who have used cast iron for cooking understand the advantage and also the disadvantage of its heavy weight. Such weight can be a huge burden at times, especially for a chef of slight-build like Krista.
Being a thoughtful person, she was feeling some angst about taking so long to make her decision while talking with Angela Suitor, the store’s Le Creuset specialist and me about some suggested alternatives. That’s why she thanked us for our patience.
Krista said, “I was once in a grocery store in Los Angeles (her home city) when a woman behind me, while checking out, responded to my heartfelt thanks for patience with, ‘I used to be an impatient person, right up to the time I became the mother of two special needs children. Having them in my life gave me new insight into the human experience! My children taught me to focus on people, not all the trivia.’”
Angela then enhanced our conversation. “When I was a nanny for a special needs child, it changed the way I viewed the world!” she said.
As Angela spoke, I glanced between the two women, watching their eyes connect through understanding. They knew a lot more about heft than a singular reference to cast iron. They understood the weight of human burden and how to help lift it, particularly about the burdens carried by others around us, without our knowing. This shared understanding, confirmed through the light in their eyes, created an instant, deeper bond between us.
I knew that we shared an interest in high quality cookware, but also an understanding that everyone around us is oftentimes experiencing extraordinary emotional weight and worry that is often unknown to us. Our visit in the store went beyond gourmet cookware; it was about sharing insight into the human experience.
The brightened eyes of Krista and Angela confirmed about being conscious of cooking up a renewed focus on lifting the burdens of everyone around us.
Lynn Butterfield lives in Erda and is a managing broker for a real estate company.